Dr Nicola Hughes PhD
- Research Associate in Applied Aerodynamics.
Outline of main research interests
Implementation of a sub grid scale thermodynamic model to account for the effects of small scale features such as pedestals and effusion cooling holes without resolving them in the computational mesh.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics.
- Computational modelling of aerodynamics of gas turbine combustion systems.
- Applied Aerodynamics
Selected research projects
Computational and experimental modelling of a highly swirling flow (PhD thesis). Computational modelling of the flow downstream of a three stream swirler, representative of those used in the fuel injection system of a gas turbine engine. The flow was modelled in a steady state mode, using both k-epsilon and Reynolds stress turbulence models. A physical model was manufactured from perspex and the exact flow was measured using a three dimensional LDA (Laser Doppler anemometry) system.